Apple iMac MK142LL/A 21.5-Inch Desktop Review ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐



To Buy Or Not Summary

:star::star::star::star::star: by 2370 customers
4.8 out of 5
  • Amazon Customer Reviews
    :star::star::star::star::halfstar: by 55 customers
    4.3 out of 5
  • Best Buy Customer Reviews
    :star::star::star::star::star: by 2315 customers
    4.8 out of 5


  • 1.6GHz dual-core Intel Core i5
  • Turbo Boost up to 2.7GHz
  • 8GB Onboard Memory (Configurable to 16GB)
  • 1TB (5400-rpm) Hard Drive
  • Intel HD Graphics 6000
  • 21.5" LED-backlit IPS Display
  • 1920 x 1080 Resolution
  • 1.6 GHz Intel Core i5
  • 8GB of 1867 MHz LPDDR3 Onboard Memory
  • 1TB 5400 rpm Hard Drive
  • 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0
  • 2x Thunderbolt 2 and 4x USB 3.0 Ports
  • FaceTime HD Camera, Dual Mics, Speakers
  • Mac OS X El Capitan
  • Buy
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Apple iMac 21.5-inch with Retina 4K display: Unboxing & Review


Amazon Review by Joe Crescenzi :star::star::star::star::star:

196 people found the following review helpful

The Best Desktop Computer. Ever.

When Apple introduced the iMac with Retina 5K in Late 2014, it was groundbreaking and it stood alone as the most impressive desktop computer in the world. A year has passed since then, and it still stands alone.

When it came out, a lot of people felt it was too expensive, but as it stands a year later high quality 4K monitors still cost between $1000 and $2000 or more, just for the monitor. For example, Dell’s 5K monitor is $1600 by itself. Dell Ultra HD 5K Monitor UP2715K 27-Inch Screen LED-Lit Monitor. This means that if you bought a Dell tower PC with similar specifications, it would cost far more than the 5K iMac, and it would be stuck running Windows.

The price of 4K monitors are finally dropping, but 5K has 67% more pixels and when it comes to editing photos and videos, that extra space is a welcome luxury. We’re talking about a screen that can show a 14.7 Megapixel photo, without zooming. That’s simply amazing.

The other thing to keep in mind is that because the 5K monitor is built-in, it has direct access to the graphics hardware. Using a cable creates a bottleneck because HDMI specs weren’t designed with that kind of resolution in mind. Another benefit of the built-in display is that you know that it will work. If you bought a 5K monitor and tried to plug it into any old PC, you’re going to need an expensive graphics card and a good CPU to keep up with it.

I can edit and playback 4K video just as seamless as 1080. That’s pretty amazing.

Another major benefit is Thunderbolt 2, which doubles the speed of the previous generations. It has two Thunderbolt 2 ports, and because the monitor is built-in, you won’t need to use either to connect the monitor.

PLEASE NOTE: Most Apple Retail stores and Amazon are still only selling the ENTRY LEVEL configuration. To me, that’s like going into the Chevy dealership and to buy the Camaro, but finding out that if you spend just a little bit more, they’ll ship you a Corvette.

As far as I’m concerned, the price difference for upgrades is so small, that just about everyone who is in the market for this system should upgrade to the 4.0 Ghz i7 and the AMD Radeon R9 M395X with 4GB of GDDR5 memory… that configuration cranks out 3.7 Teraflops of graphics power. That’s about as fast as a Mac Pro.

In my case, I also upgraded to 512 GB Flash Storage, because speed is more important to me than storage. The stock configurations come with Fusion Drives, which is a mixture of 128GB of flash storage with a conventional hard drive. I’m not a fan of conventional drives… I like the speed, silence and durability of solid state drives. - Customer Reviews: Apple iMac MK142LL/A 21.5-Inch Desktop


Best Buy Review by funshopper :star::star::star::star::star:

Great product, terrible delivery

This item arrived damaged but the computer itself was fabulous while it worked which was all of two days. I attempted to return the item at the Matthews location. I went to the facility because the website stated it was in stock. I arrived at the store and was told by their customer service team that because I got the item at such a great deal online I would have to pay retail to take the item home that day from the store. The customer service representative who completed the return reported she would have a new i-mac shipped expedite to my home to receive the item at the price purchased for. I was not happy with this decision as the item was in stock and I wanted to leave with it but there was a $400 price difference. The item was exchanged in store and receipts were printed my item was meant to arrive 2 to 3 days after purchase on the 4th day I called the 1-800 number provided on the receipt and was told the order was not reflected in the system. After an hour and a half I got the Matthews location to answer the phone the manager reported the order was in suspend mode and never processed. I now have to go back to the location and pick up the i-mac I was denied to leave with 4 days prior. Disappointed in the customer service I received but the manager on duty stated that they will correct the mishap. The i-mac itself was great while my computer worked, I cannot wait to get my other one home. - Customer Reviews: Apple iMac MK142LL/A 21.5-Inch Desktop